October 22, 2012

UAlbany NanoCollege marks fifth annual celebration of 'NANOvember' with expanded lineup of educational & community outreach initiatives

By: Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Source: College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

Thousands are expected to attend month-long series of events that showcase the exciting world of nanotechnology and global leadership of CNSE and New York State

Albany, NY – As a further showcase of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision and leadership in making New York State the global epicenter of the nanotechnology industry, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany today announced plans for its fifth annual celebration of NANOvember, an ambitious and unparalleled community outreach initiative that highlights the growing opportunities driven by nanoscale education, innovation, and economic development.

“Guided by Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose innovation-driven economic model and strategic investments are fueling New York’s global leadership in nanotechnology, the UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to share the excitement of this revolutionary field with New Yorkers,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. “The events and activities throughout the month will give people of all ages a greater understanding of the science that’s inspiring groundbreaking possibilities in every industry, while also demonstrating the worldwide recognition of CNSE and New York State.”

Several new activities are planned for NANOvember, including a Nano Job Fair on Wednesday, November 7 that will recruit candidates to help fill more than 300 current and future openings at CNSE; a Nano Discovery Program on Saturday, November 10, which builds on CNSE’s partnership with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region to support nanotechnology education and workforce training for communities typically underrepresented in science and engineering; a Cleantech Entrepreneur Roundtable hosted by CNSE’s Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) on Friday, November 16; and “The Smart Phone Revolution & 2012 NanoText Competition” on Saturday, November 17, which will trace the evolution of smartphones, present the Capital Region’s first-ever speed-texting competition, and collect used cell phones for Equinox’s Domestic Violence Program.

CNSE will host its popular Community Day Open House on Saturday, November 3, with more than 1,500 people expected to take part in various hands-on activities, engaging demonstrations, timely presentations, and guided tours of CNSE’s unrivalled Albany NanoTech Complex.

Additionally, the CNSE Community Lecture Series returns on consecutive Monday nights beginning November 5, with presentations by Dr. Andres Melendez, CNSE Professor and Associate Head of the Nanobioscience Constellation, who will discuss the impact of nanotechnology on the aging process; Michael Fancher, CNSE Vice President for Business Development and Economic Outreach, who will look at how nanotechnology is transforming military technologies; Paul Farrar Jr., General Manager of the Global 450 Consortium (G450C), headquartered at CNSE, and CNSE Vice President for Manufacturing Innovation, who will outline the progress and impact of the G450C initiative and its significant benefits to New York and the nanoelectronics industry; and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO, who will discuss the emergence of nanotechnology, its growing impact on society, and the global leadership of CNSE and New York State in the science that is “leading to the next Industrial Revolution.”

For a complete list of events and activities planned for NANOvember, along with pre-registration, visit http://www.cnse.albany.edu/Outreach/NANOvember.aspx.

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About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.